On the heels of a historic Jacksonville mayoral election with a narrow margin of victory, Gov. Rick Scott signed a major revision to Florida’s election laws. After the law goes into effect July 1, there will be fewer early-voting days and it will be more difficult for a voter to change his or her address.
The law has drawn criticism from across the state and nation.
“This new law is going to make it very difficult for us to engage eligible voters in our Democratic process,” said Katherine Carithers, president of the Jacksonville chapter of the League of Women Voters.
Carithers is fearful her organization, which has been registering voters for nearly 90 years, may face penalties imposed by the new rules.
…Supporters said that the law should cut back on fraudulent voting, such as filling out a false name on a registration card. While Secretary of State Kurt Browning said the changes could help, he acknowledged that there is little voter fraud in the state, and Holland agrees.